Gary DeHart, of White Lake, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at home under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 70 years old. He was born on May 6, 1949, at home in the town of Evergreen a son of Acie and Iva (Whitt) DeHart. He married Wendy Smith on June 26, 1971, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Polar. She survives.
He was a graduate of White Lake High School, class of 1967.
He worked in the woods logging with his father as a young man. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 having been in Viet Nam for 13 months working in medical maintenance and supply.
Following military service he returned to White Lake where he operated the Standard Service gas station.
He returned to logging in 1974. Gary owned and operated DeHart Forest Products for over 40 years.
He was a member of the Anderson-Sather American Legion Post #524, White Lake, and served on the White Lake Board of Education in the 1980's.
He enjoyed playing music with friends and family which led to forming Gary's Basement Band.
He was an avid outdoorsman active in hunting, riding his four-wheeler and spending time with his grandchildren, and two great-great-nieces.
He enjoyed shooting guns competitively which led to him building a shooting range on his property. He took pride in teaching gun safety and sharing his shooting range with family and friends.
Survivors including his wife are a son, William DeHart, Atlanta, Georgia; two daughters, Susan (Todd) Borgwardt, Valders, Debby (Matthew) Powell, Horicon; three grandchildren Bennett and Sierra Borgwardt, Rylan Powell;
two great-great-nieces Kylie and Ashley Bechtold; a niece and two nephews who lived with Gary after the passing of their mother Eileen, Valorie Thivierge, Kenny Brown, Dale (Lois) Brown;
three brothers, James "Porky" DeHart, White Lake, Troy (Tammy) DeHart, Antigo, Lyle (Mary) DeHart, Elton; two sisters-in-law, Patricia DeHart, White Lake, Caroline DeHart, White Lake;
his wife's siblings, Debra (Earl) Budd, Mountain, Jeff (Jean) Smith, Green Bay, Rick (Cheryl) Smith, Mountain, Clay (Chrissy) Smith, Mountain, Patrick (Jeni) O'Brien, Mountain; step-father-in-law, Michael (Linda) O'Brien, Argonne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Orville, LaVern and William DeHart; a sister, Eileen Brown; mother-in-law, Patricia O'Brien; father-in-law, Charles Smith; a brother-in-law Gary Smith.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Four Corners Assembly of God Church, White Lake with Rev. Marvin Kindle officiating. Burial will take place in Langlade Cemetery, town of Wolf River where the White Lake Veterans will conduct military honors.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home and Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
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Gary was a special person & friends to everyone he met, even if years passed before you would see him him again it would be like yesterday. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time in their lives.
Wendy Hang in there check out the song well done by the afters mary aka Richard Greife
Gary truly was one of the finest men I have known in my life. Growing up, listening to his stories of life, many influenced me and many choices I made. He was more of a brother than a cousin with my older brothers and it was a privilege to be in their company over the years. It will never be close to the same without him seated at our family poker games. His laugh was infectious. Although I'm sure it was there at times, but I never saw him angry, judgmental of others, just a kind spirit. A harder working man you will have great difficulty finding. It was very evident his love of family was a bottomless well. And finally, he is one of my heroes, someone I admired and respected. All of us will follow him, but few of us will leave a better legacy of family & love as did my cousin Gary...
Rip Gary , you will be missed .
It's a sad day my prayers and love go out to all of my family
Gary was a special friend and cousin, always had a smile and a arm across the shoulder when I seen him. I felt so honored when he asked me to come and jam with the basement band which my brother Al Boyd was a member of.. I loved being with them when I was up there. RIP Gary and play that steel guitar for the angels! My condolences to his family and friends
A wonderful man from a caring family. Rest in peace.
So saddened to hear this! He will certainly be missed! Gary was such a great guy! Always a smile on his face and happy. My deepest sympathy and prayers.
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. I will always remember how funny he was and always had a smile on his face and loved everyone
Gary was such a great guy. Always seemed to have something good to say about everyone. Even if you haven’t seen him in quite awhile, he still had a way of making you feel as though you were important in his life. He touched many lives and wont be forgotten. Prayers and much love going out to Wendy and Family 💕
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